Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 17th July and weekend 22nd & 23rd July 2017

This week Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2 no. 85 will handle all the services Monday – Friday. The first steam train leaves Oxenhope at 10.00 and the last service on the branch departs Keighley at 15.45 – 4 round trips in all.

On Saturday USA S160 2-8-0 5820 takes over for the weekend’s main service. On Sunday 24 will be joined by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal tank’ 1054 with another of our Sunday Vintage trains comprising a set of our more venerable coaches with four from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and the Metropolitan brake from the Vintage Carriages Trust.

Class 101 DMU will operate the diesel service on Saturday morning.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Vacancy – Administration Assistant

  • Running the admin office: Including arranging bookings, answering the telephone, responding to emails, sorting post and in person enquiries as required in a customer focused manner.
  • Carry out any other general administrative tasks as required.
  • Work alongside the Marketing Officer and Operations Officer to deliver excellent customer service
  • You will be required to work 40 hours a week, 09.00 – 17.30 which includes one weekend in three

Applications for information or further details contact the railway by telephone, 01535 645214 or by email, ross.graham@kwvr.co.uk. Applicants should submit their CV with covering letter, which, as a minimum, outlines their suitability for the role and principle reasons for applying.

Sulzer & Ale Day – 5th August

5th August will mark the official re-launch into traffic, after extensive bodywork repairs, of our Class 25 diesel no. 25 059. As with the previous Diesel & Ale Days the trains will be sponsored by a local real ale brewery, on this occasion, Goose Eye Brewery of Keighley and is a Summer warm up to our 2017 Beer and Music Festival on the 19th – 22nd October.

Diesel hauled services will operate from mid-afternoon with the 14.45 departure from Oxenhope and will continue through to early evening with the last departure, the 21.00 from Keighley, arriving back at Oxenhope at 21.25.

The on-train bar, exclusively serving a selection of hand-pulled Goose Eye Brewery ales, will feature the special ‘Sulzer Ale’ brewed and named especially for the event. (Sulzer refers to the manufacturer of the engine fitted to the locomotive.)

And to top off the day, you will be able to enjoy live music at Keighley by Night Patrol between 18.30 and 19.30 when hot food will also be available at Keighley.

This service operates in addition to the steam train service on which, subject to availability, a real-ale buffet car will also be provided.

If you would like more information about the locomotive 25 059, visit the KWVR website.

Sulzer and Ale Day, in association with ‘Goose Eye brewery’ – part of our exciting new series of ‘Diesel and Ale Day’ events.

Other Diesel & Ale Days for 2017 and the diesel locomotive scheduled to haul them are:
29th July – Wishbone Brewery, Keighley – 20 031
26th August – Salamander Brewery, Bradford – 37 075
30th September – Sunbeam Brewery, Leeds – 20 031

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 10th July and weekend 15th & 16th July 2017

Following 3 all action days with our “Little Engines”, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 enters the action and has the honours of hauling the weekday service between Oxenhope to Keighley.

A weekend of “normal” running returns with no special trains and the standard Green timetable on Saturday and Blue timetable on Sunday. The mainstay of this weekend’s steam service will be WD 2-8-0 90733, the first steam service on Saturday departing Oxenhope at 11.00 for 5 round trips to Keighley. On Sunday 90733 will be joined on Sunday by BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 with passenger services starting at 10.15.

The Saturday diesel turn will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the services with the first train leaving Oxenhope at 09.00 on Saturday.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for Weekdays 3rd – 6th July & Little Engines Gala 7th – 9th July 2017

This weekend sees the first Little Engine’s Gala which, like our Winter Steam gala, will operate over 3 days, 7th – 9th July. Harking back to the early days of the preserved Railway, the KWVR is honouring those early pioneers when the smaller locomotives of the fleet will take centre stage to reflect the days before the larger locomotives ruled the roost.

The railway have announced 2 visiting locomotives, both with connections to the Railway but in diverse ways. The first to be announced was ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST 71515 ‘Mech Navvies Ltd’ from the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway a type of engine that featured in the early days of the KWVR with two examples of the class operational during the early years. This was followed by the announcement of our second guest, London & South Western Railway ‘Beattie well tank’ 2-4-0WT 30587 courtesy of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Similar locomotives, but designed and owned by the Midland Railway, operated the branch in the very first years that the Railway was open in the nineteenth century.

The home fleet will consist of:

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T No. 85
London & North Western Railway 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ No.1054 (courtesy of the Bahamas locomotive society)
Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’ (courtesy of the Bahamas locomotive society)

And rare passenger workings of our smaller diesel fleet including:

BR Class 08 0-6-0 No. 08 993 “Ashburnham”
BR Class 08 0-6-0 No. 08 266
BR Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 No. D2511
Mersey Docks and Harbour Board 0-6-0 No. D32
Prototype English Electric 0-6-0 No. D0226 ‘Vulcan’

For the public timetables in operation over the 3 days, please click HERE to visit the main website. To download the enthusiast working timetables, click on the appropriate day below:
Friday, 7th July
Saturday, 8th July
Sunday, 9th July

TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will have the honours hauling the Monday – Thursday services between Oxenhope to Keighley before joining in with the Little Engines Gala.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Little Engines Gala – Second Visiting Engine

With less than two weeks to go until our brand new “Little Engines Gala” we are delighted to announce our second visiting locomotive, London & South Western Railway ‘Beattie well tank’ 2-4-0WT 30587 courtesy of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway (BWR). Similar locomotives, but designed and owned by the Midland Railway, operated the branch in the very first years that the Railway was open in the nineteenth century.

 

30587 was one of a class of 85, designed by Joseph Hamilton Beattie, the CME of the London & South Western Railway. These locomotives were designed in consultation with and built by Beyer Peacock at their works at Gorton, Manchester. Originally numbered 298, 30587 was completed in 1874 under the direction of William George Beattie who had succeeded his father in 1871.

Initially the engine worked at Nine Elms in London, the class having proved itself capable of handling the heavy loads and high speeds demanded of them. However, with the arrival of larger locomotives, the class members were transferred to sheds outside the London area. Most of the engines had been scrapped by 1898 with the exception of 3 members of the class which were transferred to the Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway in 1895 to work the sharp curves of that railway’s freight branch to Wenford Bridge carrying china clay traffic to the main line. They were finally withdrawn in 1962 and replaced by GWR 0-6-0PT dock tanks, outlasting the rest of the class by a staggering 64 years.

30587, one of two in preservation, was selected for the national collection. It was stored at various locations before being taken to the Flour Mill Workshops in 2001 in the Forest of Dean for restoration to working order, entering traffic on the BWR in 2002. Withdrawn in 2012 for overhaul it returned to action in 2013.

 

 

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 26th June and weekend 1st & 2nd July 2017

MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will have the honours hauling the weekday and weekend services between Oxenhope to Keighley. On Sunday 43924 will be joined by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal tank’ 1054 with the second of our Sunday Vintage trains comprising a set of our more venerable coaches with four from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and the Metropolitan brake from the Vintage Carriages Trust.

The Saturday diesel turn will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the services with the first train leaving Oxenhope at 09.00 on Saturday.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

This weekend sees the return of the Model Railway Exhibition with the main event at Oxenhope and additional attractions at Ingrow.

In similar circumstances to the NEC, we will have on display the partially restored Ivatt 41241 in order to0 raise the Appeal’s profile as we look to raise at least a further £35,000 towards the restoration costs.

These latest images taken by James Horrell, one of the Ivatt team, shows 41241 on its way to Oxenhope, so come along and see how the work that the team have achieved to date.

Model Railway Exhibition 1st & 2nd July 2017

Following the success of last year’s model railway exhibition at Ingrow, 2017 sees the railway will holding the 2017 Model Railway Exhibition at Oxenhope where, with the rolling stock removed, the expanse of Oxenhope Exhibition Shed allows us to stage a larger exhibition. In addition there will be demonstrations at Ingrow West Station.
The event takes place on Saturday 1st and Sunday the 2nd July from 10.00 to 16.30 and entrance is free for those holding a Day Rover ticket.

A perfect day out for all the family.

Ivatt 41241 Appeal

At Oxenhope visitors will have the opportunity to see under restoration Ivatt tank 41241 which is being prepared to haul the 50th anniversary train in June 2018 just as it did back in 1968 when the Railway re-opened.

Over the wheel drop and looking somewhat ‘Tango-ed’ in the sun on the 17th June, the sidetanks are back on and are seen in undercoat ready to receive further applications ready for the event.

 

 

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 19th June and weekend 24th & 25th June 2017

BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will have the honours Hauling the weekday service of 4 round trips from Oxenhope to Keighley. WD 2-8-0 90733 will be at the head of the passenger services on Saturday but will be joined by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal tank’ 1054 as Sunday sees the first of our Vintage Train Sundays when 1054 will be at the head of a set of our more venerable coaches from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and the Vintage Carriages Trust.

In addition, it is a Diesel & Ale Day on Saturday with Class 25 059 providing the diesel service throughout the day when the buffet will be sponsored by Cullingworth based, Old Spot Brewery serving a selection of their own real ales throughout the day.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 5th June and weekend 10th & 11th June 2017

Daily running of a steam services starts on Monday 5th June when the KWVR will be offering 4 return trips of the branch with the first train departing Oxenhope at 10.00. For the start of daily running WD 2-8-0 90733 will be at the head of all timetabled steam services throughout the week.

At the weekend 90733 will continue on Saturday and Sunday, being joined by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 on Sunday.

The weekend of the 10th & 11th is not only a weekend of steam action but it is our Steam & Ale Trail weekend with an enhanced service with an intensive timetable of 2 train operations on both days with both steam and mainline diesel haulage. Visit the main KWVR website Steam & Ale Trail page for all the information you need about this popular event, first introduced in 2016.

On Saturday 90733 will operate the steam service with the second train in the capable hands of our mainline diesels, Class 20, 20 031, and Class 37 37 075. On Sunday 90733 and 43924 will be hauled by our Class 25 diesel, 25 059. For enthusiasts wanting details of which train each locomotive will be hauling, CLICK HERE for the detailed timetable.

For the public passenger timetables in operation during the week and the weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Operations Officer Vacancy

Operations Officer

Reporting to the Operations Director and KWVLR (OpCo) Board, the post holder will be based in Haworth, West Yorkshire. They will be responsible for ensuring the Railway is staffed sufficiently to be able to run to the timetable.

Key functions will be:

  • Oversee the rostering and ensure there are sufficient volunteers to cover rosters
  • Monitor any amendments to train formations and organise the relevant shunting
  • Manage bookings of all Special Trains, volunteer recruitment and casual employees
  • Undertake the role of Responsible Officer as and when required
  • The post holder will be expected to have a sound railway operating mindset and proven history of understanding railway procedures including SMS. An understanding of Heritage Operating Processing System (HOPS) is desirable.

Click HERE for a more comprehensive job description or email admin@kwvr.co.uk for a complete job specification and full details or call 01535 645214 to request a copy to be sent by post.

Your CV should be submitted by email to ross.graham@kwvr.co.uk or by post, marked confidential, to the following address:

Ross Graham
Chairman
Keighley & Worth Valley Light Railway Ltd.
Haworth Station
Keighley
BD22 8NJ

The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd June 2017.

PLEASE NOTE:   If you submit an application form and have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 3rd & 4th June 2017

A weekend of “normal” running with no special trains and the standard Green timetable on Saturday and Blue timetable on Sunday.

The mainstay of this weekend’s steam service will be BR Standard 4 4-6-0 75078, the first steam service on Saturday departing Oxenhope at 11.00 for 5 round trips to Keighley. On Sunday 75078 will be joined on Sunday by WD 2-8-0 90733 with passenger services starting at 10.15.

The Saturday diesel turn will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the services with the first train leaving Oxenhope at 09.00 on Saturday.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

2017 Steam & Ale Trail Update

Event dates: Saturday 10th June and Sunday 11th June

This event is the brother of our hugely popular Beer and Music Festival which takes place every October. For this event, however, we do things a little differently – the Steam and Ale Trail is a 5-mile long ale trail where you can hop off at each station to enjoy a pint of fine Yorkshire ale from a selection of local breweries. So you don’t get thirsty between stations, or if you just fancy a relaxing train ride, our on-train bars will also be in operation serving a rotating selection of both local beers and beers from other parts of the country.

Details have now been published of the format of the event with train timetables, alcoholic drink lists, station activities and entertainment all now available on the Steam & Ale Trail event page of the website.

 

 

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 27th & 28th May and Half Term Week 2017

Over the May half-term week, it is planned to have a 3 engine line up with BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 taking the lion’s share of the work, operating on 5 days. On Sunday and Monday Bank Holiday, 75078 will be joined by USA S160 2-8-0 5820.

MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be at the head of the passenger service in operation on the Tuesday – Friday weekday service but will be joined by 75078 when Paw Patrol’s Chase and Marshall will be visiting the Railway as a half term treat for our younger patrons.

In addition, it is a Diesel & Ale Day on Saturday with Class 25 059 providing the diesel service throughout the day.

The daily line-up will be as follows

♦  Saturday 27th – 25 059 & 75078
♦  Sunday and Monday – 75078 & 5820
♦  Tuesday – 43924
♦  Wednesday and Thursday – 75078 & 43924
♦  Friday – 43924

And don’t forget, every day Tuesday – Friday, a Vintage Bus service, free to Rover ticket holders, will be operating between Oxenhope and Haworth giving unrivalled views across the Worth Valley. If the weather is warm and bright an open top double decker may be provided for this service.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

‘Flying Scotsman’ – 9 Days on the KWVR

Almost 400 images have been gratefully received and have been whittled down to just under 200 representing a cross section of styles, views and locations, cataloguing Saturday 1st – Sunday 9th April, 9 amazing and never to be forgotten days with the most famous locomotive in the world 60103, ‘Flying Scotsman’.

To see the superb complete collection of photographs, sent to us by countless photographs who attended during the week, visit the  “Flying Scotsman on the KWVR” photograph album on Flickr.

We showcase below just a small collection of those being displayed in the album plus two of many videos on YouTube.

In addition to photographs there has been some excellent footage posted on YouTube, with these two from Steaming Around Yorkshire and Penny Steam just a sample of what is available on the YouTube channel.

For all the images collected of the Oxenhope to Carlisle Special visit our Flickr page.

Locomotive Roster for 2017 ‘Haworth 1940s’ Weekend

With the Haworth 1940s Weekend stretching over 3 days, steam service trains will be running everyday with 3 steam locomotives that saw service in the war years plus some mainline diesel action on Saturday and Sunday morning.

On the roster for the whole weekend’s operation is WD 2-8-0 90733, a locomotive built specifically as part of the war effort, and saw service in mainland Europe before cessation of hostilities.

On Saturday 90733 is joined by our second locomotive built for the hostilities, USATC S160 2-8-0 5820, built in the USA to the British loading gauge but shipped directly to Poland in 1945, from where it was purchased in 1977. The 3rd steam engine in action will be 4F 0-6-0 43924, built in 1920 by the Midland Railway which had already “clocked” up many miles after 19 years service when war broke out in Europe.

Starting with the 11.00 departure from Keighley these 3 locomotives will work turn and turn about giving a variety of motive power on departures from Keighley. Of particular interest to enthusiasts will be the 17.45, the last passenger working of the day from Keighley when 90733 will double head with train engine 5820. The last departure from Keighley will be the 18.25 ECS working to Oxenhope.

Class 101 DMU will be on the early morning diesel service on Friday when the Green timetable is in operation. On Saturday and Sunday the first and third departures from Keighley and the second from Oxenhope will be diesel hauled stock with BR Type 2 diesel electric locomotive number 25 059 in charge.

And don’t forget, mid-week, the Diesel Railcar Service that operates on Wednesday.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the Times & Fares page of the website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 13th & 14th May 2017

Another weekend of “normal” running with no special trains and the standard Green timetable on Saturday and Blue timetable on Sunday.

The mainstay of this weekend’s steam service will be BR Standard 4 4-6-0 75078, the first steam service on Saturday departing Oxenhope at 11.00 for 5 round trips to Keighley. On Sunday 75078 will be joined on Sunday by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 with passenger services starting at 10.15.

The Saturday diesel turn and the Wednesday diesel railcar service (which returns next week) will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the services with the first train leaving Oxenhope at 09.00 on Saturday and 10.00 on Wednesday

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Little Engines Gala – Visiting Engine

With only nine weeks to go until our brand new “Little Engines Gala” we are delighted to announce our first visiting locomotive, ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST 71515 ‘Mech Navvies Ltd.’ courtesy of the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway (PBR). This type of engine featured in the early days of the KWVR with two examples of the class operational during the early years, Longmoor Military Railway no. 118 ‘Brussels’, now resident in Oxenhope Exhibition Shed and ‘Fred’, an ex-National Coal Board engine which left the Railway many years ago.

71515 was commissioned by the War Department in 1945 from Robert Stevenson and Hawthorns as WD71515, but, with WW2 drawing to a close, was quickly put to work at the Swalwell Disposal Point in what was then County Durham, the modern day Tyne & Wear. At the time, the opencast disposal point was worked by Mechanical Navvies Limited, and it is in that company’s livery that the loco now appears.

It was taken into preservation by 1974 to the East Somerset Railway, where shortly after arrival she was liveried in BR black with the BR number 68005 in line with the J94 locomotives that ran on the national railway system, although 71515 never ran in BR service.

By 1995 71515 ran at the Bolton and Embsay Railway, still in BR black and where she was nicknamed ‘The Mog’. Although overhauled in 2004, a burst boiler tube two years later put paid to her active service and was laid aside.

Three years later, following interest shown by a PBR member, 71515 was purchased in August 2009, and in the following month, taken to the Flour Mill works in the Forest of Dean for repair, being repainted into Mech Navvies livery in the process. Arriving at the PBR in April 2010, the engine has worked the majority of services scheduled for steam haulage since.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 6th & 7th May 2017

It has been a busy period for our volunteers over the last month or so, with hardly a respite since the 31st March and throughout April . So it is probably with some relief that we have the next two weekends of “normal” running with no special trains and the standard Green timetable on Saturday and Blue timetable on Sunday.

The mainstay of this weekend’s steam service will be WD 2-8-0 90733, the first steam service on Saturday departing Oxenhope at 11.00 for 5 round trips to Keighley. On Sunday 90733 will be joined on Sunday by BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 with passenger services starting at 10.15

The Saturday diesel turn will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the service with the first train leaving Oxenhope at 09.00.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Due to engineering works next week there will be no mid-week diesel railcar service on the 10th May.